Conducting a structural condition inspection for New York's iconic, 100-year-old railroad station
Grand Central Terminal covers 48 acres and has 44 platforms—more than any other railroad station in the world. It’s been in service for over a hundred years, and these days it hosts over 20 million visitors a year. But anything so utilized will need to be checked up on. How do you service this kind of structure without thoroughly disrupting 20 million visitors?
We conducted a structural condition inspection for both the upper and lower levels of the GCT Train Shed and for the Park Avenue Tunnel (from 43rd Street to 97th Street). And, this was the first comprehensive load rating performed on a structure as large as the GCT Train Shed.
Understanding that transit operators and transit riders needed as little interference as possible, we assessed the extent, type, and nature of every proposed repair. Careful thought went into our prioritization and proposed implementation. The goal? Minimizing the impact of those repairs on operators and travelers.
Our comprehensive inspection reports categorized train shed rehabilitation projects into near-term, medium-term, and long-term repairs as well as maintenance. We also prepared construction documents for high-priority repairs to the Park Avenue Tunnel. With these plans in place, the GCT Train Shed and the Park Avenue Tunnel can be maintained, and with our attention to implementation and prioritization, the needs of site users will be kept in mind.
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